Asia Cup T20 Final: Mashrafe Mortaza wary of rampant India

first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Saturday conceded that India are the clear favourites to lift the Asia Cup T20 cricket trophy and only the familiarity with home conditions could tilt the balance in his side’s favour in the summit clash today.India have been in rampaging form with four convincing wins in the tournament, including the 45-run thumping of Bangladesh in their opening league match, and Mortaza made it clear that “there was no debate” on who are the favourites in tomorrow’s final at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. (Mashrafe Mortaza hints retirement after World Twenty20) “We all know that Indians are clear favourites in the final. Let there be no debates or discussions on that,” Mashrafe said at a packed match-eve press conference.”What we have got is a young team which has won matches playing as a unit. We still don’t have a T20 star, who can single-handedly win us a match. Crowd, pitch, conditions, everything will favour us tomorrow but that can never ensure that we will win the final,” Mashrafe said. (Mashrafe Mortaza: Darling of the masses in Bangladesh) While India Team Director Ravi Shastri termed tomorrow’s final as “yet another match”, Mashrafe said that for his team which rarely make final appearances, it’s a “big occasion”.”What Ravi Shastri has said is absolutely right. It is another match for them as they are used to hype and big matches. They can take it like 10 other matches. India has played big finals, won trophies. What is easy for them may not be that easy for us. But we are trying to focus on the game, shut ourselves from the hype and remain and play as normally as possible,” said Bangladesh’s ‘Captain Cool’.advertisementMashrafe said playing the final of Asia Cup T20 adds a “different flavour” but he personally rates playing the quarter-final of the 50-over World Cup against India in Melbourne last year as a “bigger achievement”.”I believe as a captain, the biggest achievement was leading the team in the quarter-finals of the World Cup against India in MCG last year. This is certainly one of my bigger achievements but that quarterfinal stands out. That was a 50-over format and played in Australia,” the skipper said.last_img read more

World T20: Managing chaos was the key to seal tense win, says MS Dhoni

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the team’s ability to stay calm under intense pressure and manage the “chaotic situation” with a cool head paved the way for their nerve-wracking one-run win over Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty20 here.The prospect of securing a semi-final berth at stake, India survived a mighty scare to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in front of a packed crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, helping them to the second position in the group. (Told Pandya not to bowl yorker, says MS Dhoni )”In a situation like this, it’s literally chaos. What you are trying to do is you’re trying to manage chaos,” Dhoni said after the match.”Everybody will come and he’ll have his own opinion. Often the opinion of a batsman is very different to the opinion of a bowler. But what you have to do is you have to see what the strength of the batsman is who is batting at that point of time, how the wicket is behaving, whether there is some kind of reverse swing or no reverse swing on offer. All these things you need to calculate and I feel what really helps is you listen to all of them.””But at the end of the day you push the bowler to bowl what you feel is good at that point of time. If I am convinced that this is something I want to do, I will go ahead with it but definitely having an open mind really helps because at times under pressure, thats where the input of others comes in. But you have to assess everything and it has to happen in a very short span of time,” he said. (How Hardik Pandya held his nerves to help India to win )advertisementDhoni said the victory will not erase the pain of the 2007 loss to the same opponent that knocked India out of the World Cup.”We still remember 2007 loss. The reason being we were not able to qualify for the next stage in spite of playing good cricket. We are also human beings; we also feel hurt if we have not done well. I think it is an emotional connect to the game and I think this victory does not ease 2007 loss,” he said.Dhoni hailed the younger players in the side for stepping up and performing in key roles. He specifically gave credit to Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who looked nervous at the start after a misfield that led to a boundary and a dropped catch.”As far as Hardik is concerned, there is a phase where there would be ups and downs. Once you are through these phases or chapters, you become an accomplished player as a bowler and as a batsman,” he told reporters at the post-match press conference.Pleased with the way Pandya came back after conceding two boundaries in the final over, Dhoni spoke about what led to him giving the last over to the youngster with Bangladesh needing 11 to win. The bowler was told not to try bowling yorkers, and rather try back of the length deliveries.”There were quite a few stuff we were discussing, one thing was for sure, we did not want him (Hardik) to bowl a yorker. It had to be a back of a length, but how back of a length, that was the question. You dont want to bowl a wide. We were deciding out field and I think he executed really well,” Dhoni said.”The batsmen were scoring quite freely at that point of time. I knew I had to take that one over from somebody, whether it was a spinner or Hardik Pandya. I said what is important right now is to make a game out of it and that’s where I said I’ll use the proper bowlers at this point of time and we’ll see how many runs are needed in the last over. Then according to that we’ll decide.” (India got out of jail against Bangladesh, says Steve Waugh )Calling it a team effort, Dhoni said most of the players had a rough outing.”It was still a very good effort by the team. I felt majority members of the team had a tough day. Ash (R Ashwin) had a very good day when it comes to bowling but still there were patches, where he went for runs. All the bowlers went for runs but they came back and everybody contributed. So I feel it’s a very good game for us, especially for youngsters who have not played under a lot of pressure,” he said.advertisementAbout Bumrah, Dhoni said, “After the first misfield, if you see actually his international career, this was the first game where he was under pressure. It’s not only the pressure of bowling. I consider him slightly weak when it comes to the fielding department and todays game was very important. We all knew how important it was. The very first ball if you miss, as a youngster you are under pressure and I feel that actually reflected in his bowling also, then he dropped a catch. It’s important at that point of time to tell him that it doesn’t really matter because what has happened has happened.”On the playing conditions, Dhoni said the first half belonged to spinners and in the second the batsmen called the shots.”I think it was tough toss to lose. The wicket played differently in both innings. In first innings, the pitch was sluggish and spinners came to play. In the second half, it became better for batting, but credit should not be taken away from Bangladesh. They played really well. They were cruising along and kept constant pressure on our bowlers,” he said.last_img read more

BCCI appoints Johri as its first CEO

first_imgMumbai, Apr 20 (PTI) Acting on the recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee, the BCCI today appointed media professional Rahul Johri as its first ever Chief Executive Officer. Johri, who was last serving as Discovery Networks Asia Pacifics Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take on his new role starting June 1 and will be reporting to BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, a statement from the Board said. The appointment of a CEO to oversee non-cricketing management was one of the suggestions made by the Justice Lodha panel set up by the Supreme Court to identify structural changes and bring in accountability in the way the cricket body is run following the IPL spot-fixing scandal. While the committee had recommended a five-year contract for the CEO, the BCCI did not give details on Johris tenure, but said he would report to the honorary secretary. He will be based at the Mumbai office. In the past, Ratnakar Shetty had served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of BCCI and is currently the Chief Operating Pfficer (COO) of IPL. He is also serving as General Manager, Game Development. Johri brings with him immense experience and knowledge on Board and will be responsible for the smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for further promoting the sport. Commenting on the appointment, BCCI President Shashank Manohar, said, “We are pleased to have Rahul with us and are sure his vast experience and knowledge will benefit the Board. His vision, guidance and support will contribute towards the successful working of the BCCI.” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said, “We welcome Rahul aboard and wish him luck for his new role at BCCI. In the past one year, BCCI has undertaken various initiatives aimed towards transforming the working of BCCI in order to make the functioning more robust. This endeavor is another initiative of the Board aimed in the same direction and will mark as one more milestone towards strengthening the professional working of the BCCI.” On his appointment, Johri said, “I am honoured at the opportunity to serve millions of Indian cricket fans. It will be my utmost endeavor to contribute to the Indian cricket. I am thankful to the President and Honorary Secretary of the BCCI for bestowing such faith in me. I look forward to everyones support to fulfill this tremendous responsibility.” With over 20 plus years of experience in the media industry, Johri was last associated with Discovery Networks for 15 years and was leading South Asia operations for the past eight years. PTI SCC AH MRM KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

EPFO may invest over Rs 6,000 cr in equity mkt in 2016-17

first_imgHyderabad, May 15 (PTI) Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may invest more than Rs 6,000 crore in equity market during the current financial year.The minister, however, said a final decision will be taken by the Central Board of Trustees at the next meeting.Last year, EPFO had invested about Rs 6,000 crore through SBI Mutual Funds two index-linked ETFs (exchange-traded funds) — one to BSEs Sensex and the other NSEs Nifty.”It (investments into ETFs) may increase over last year because it will yield benefits in the long run even if there is no benefit in the short term. Last year, we had invested Rs 6,000 crore. This year, we may invest more than that. There was discussion with bankers and investment managers and officials from BSE and NSE,” Dattatreya told PTI on the sidelines of a programme yesterday.The Finance Ministry had last year notified a new investment pattern for EPFO, allowing the body to invest a minimum of 5 per cent and up to 15 per cent of its funds in equity or equity-related schemes.However, the EPFO management decided to invest 5 per cent of its incremental deposits in ETFs only during the last year, the minister added.”Our ministry has prepared a report on the investment performance. We will study that report also. Based on that report, we will decide how much to invest in ETF and shares of PSUs. We will take a decision on whether to increase the investments in stock markets, and if so, how much,” he explained.advertisementAccording to Dattatreya, the pension body has so far invested Rs 5,800 crore in shares of state-owned oil companies shares. PTI GDK ARS ARD SDMlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, May 27 (PTI) Scoreboard of the second New Delhi, May 27 (PTI) Scoreboard of the second qualifiers of the ninth Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here today. Gujarat Lions innings: ER Dwivedi c Boult b Kumar 5 BB McCullumc Kumar b Bipul Sharma32 SK Raina* lbw b Boult 1 KD Karthik? run out (Boult) 26 AJ Finch b Cutting 50 DR Smith c Dhawan b Cutting 1 RA Jadeja not out 19 DJ Bravob Kumar 20DS Kulkarni not out 3 Extras (W-5) 5Total (7 wickets in 20 overs) 162 Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-19, 3-63, 4-81, 5-83, 6-134, 7-158.Bowling:B Kumar 4-0-27-2, TA Boult 4-0-39-1, BB Sran 3-0-28-0, Bipul Sharma 3-0-21-1, BCJ Cutting 3-0-20-2, MC Henriques 3-0-27-0. MORE PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Six Russian weightlifters suspended for doping

first_imgRussia’s Weightlifting Federation has suspended six athletes for between two and eight years for doping based on the decisions of a disciplinary anti-doping committee, the official website of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said on Monday.The athletes suspended for eight years are silver medallist of the 2014 European Championship among juniors Yegor Ivanov and five-time champion of Russia Aminat Maskhadova, reports Tass.Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, the champion of Europe in 2014 among juniors, has been banned for two years. Larisa Kobeyeva, who won the world junior championship in 2014 in Kazan, and also Kseniya Kolomiyets and Anton Kotlayrov have been suspended for four years.Russia’s Judo Federation has suspended for four years the country’s champion in 2015 Pyotr Khachirov for violating anti-doping rules, the press service of RUSADA said.last_img read more

Sultan: The Salman-Anushka film will have a sequel soon?

first_imgAs Salman Khan’s latest release Sultan races ahead to enter the Rs. 100 crore club pretty soon, it is rumoured that producer Aditya Chopra is planning to produce a sequel soon.ALSO READ: Salman Khan-starrer Sultan sets the box office on fire, ready to enter the 100 crore club ALSO READ: Sultan co-stars Salman and Anushka inspire each other to marry this year? ALSO READ: Sultan Movie Review According to a report in, Aditya Chopra has already announced a sequel to the Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial. Reportedly writer-director Zafar has not even started writing it but the star of the film, Salman Khan, has agreed to star in the film. The Yash Raj Films chief was sure that a sequel will work at the box office because Sultan was highly appreciated by the people during the trial shows.If the Sultan sequel does happen, and if it works out, Yash Raj Films will have yet another successful franchise at their hands after the Dhoom series of film. The Dhoom franchise which began in 2004 has given us three films so far, which have collectively grossed around USD 160m at the box office, making it the highest grossing Indian film series.Sultan is having a great run at the box office. After earning Rs. 36.54 crore on its day of release (July 6), Sultan became the biggest opening day grosser of this year. The film, so far, has earned Rs. 73.74 crore at the box office and is expected to gross Rs. 100 crore soon.The wrestling-based sports drama is centered around the story of Haryanvi wrestler (Sultan Ali Khan) who falls in love with fellow wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma), only to fall from grace and lose it all, before making it big as a mixed martial arts fighter.advertisementSultan is currently running in theatres worldwide.last_img read more

Track and field: A world record, and a win for the home team

first_imgOn a thrill-filled night at the track and field world championships Friday, Muhammad answered her own question — again — by setting her second world record in 10 weeks, while Barshim loved everyone back by becoming a repeat world champion, winning this one on home turf.“I’ve won a lot of gold medals, but this one is home,” Barshim said. “It feels different. I just felt love.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe late-blooming, 29-year-old Muhammad smoothed her way through the 400-meter hurdles in 52.16 to break, by .04 seconds, the world record she had set at U.S. national championships in July.Both she and Barshim — they call him “The Qatari Falcon” — will head into the Tokyo Games next year as reigning world champions. Muhammad will also go in as the defending Olympic champ — and almost certainly as the world record holder, too. View comments He brought the fans out of their seats every time he cleared a height, and not long after it was over, he was sharing a hug with the ruling emir of his country, talking about how Qatar’s first gold medal of these championships was won.Much has been made about the heat and poor attendance, the efficacy of air-conditioned stadiums and the legitimacy of the bid process that brought not only these championships, but the 2022 World Cup, to a country that’s striving to raise its profile beyond that of a mere oil supplier.For one night, at least, Barshim’s victory set all that aside. Qatar looked like a sports country, and nothing could ruin that — not even the fact that the sound system malfunctioned at the end of the evening, thus postponing Barshim’s medal ceremony to Saturday night.“I did it for them,” Barshim said of his fans and countrymen. “They’re the champions tonight.”So is Muhammad.She’ll get her gold medal Saturday, as well, but for her, there was one last bit of business to take care of before leaving the track Friday night.While the other seven hurdlers were writhing on the ground after crossing the finish line, Muhammad took a few deep breaths, then straightened up and headed over to the time clock near the finish line to have her picture taken.It’s what world record holders do.“I don’t think you ever get used to it,” Muhammad said. “But if I want to stay competitive in this event, I have no choice.” Dalilah Muhammad, of the United States, poses for a photo with the clock after winning the women’s 400 meter hurdles final, setting a new world record at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)DOHA, Qatar — The message American hurdler Dalilah Muhammad kept telling herself when her career was running into roadblocks: Why not me?The message Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim kept receiving from an adoring home crowd yearning to celebrate a champion: We love you!ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee PLAY LIST 01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Things changed: She won nationals in 2013, then a silver medal at worlds. Then they changed again: She faltered in 2015 and watched those world championships from home.″“I had an epiphany one day, “Why not me?’” Muhammad said. Now, she has an Olympic title and a world championship.She barely broke stride in clearing the 10 hurdles. It was, she said, much closer to the perfect race that she decidedly did not think she had run at national championships in the rain, in Des Moines, Iowa.And yet, this race still came down to a lean at the line against an opponent who’s only getting better.“Next year’s going to be amazing,” Hayes said.Close as the race was, though, the men’s steeplechase was even closer.Conseslus Kipruto and Lamecha Grima rambled over barriers and through the water over 3,000 meters, and as they approached the finish, there was nothing separating them. With fans in the jam-packed crowd screaming, they sprawled as they reached the line. A photo finish showed Kipruto had crossed in 8 minutes, 1.35 seconds. That was one-hundredth of a second faster than Grima.“I was praying, ‘Let me be faster than him,‘” Kipruto said. “I waited. I prayed. I saw the screen and saw it said ‘Conseslus.’ It was my name. I was definitely happy.”In the men’s 400 meters, Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won gold over Anthony Zambrano of Colombia and American Fred Kerley. Finishing 1-2 in the discus were Cubans Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero, who ran to the stands to share hugs with their small group of fans.But no win brought more joy throughout the stadium than Barshim’s. This jewelry designer is also an architect San Miguel stops streaking NLEX, takes share of top spotcenter_img LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I didn’t even know who won the race,” Muhammad said. “I was looking to see who won, and then I noticed, when they said ‘world record,’ that I had broken it.”Simply winning the race has become more difficult because of the rapid rise of Sydney McLaughlin, the 20-year-old phenom who juggles, rides a unicycle and seems destined to win a gold medal one day.McLaughlin also finished second to Muhammad at nationals — but that one was by .68 seconds. This one was by .07, and her time of 52.23 would have been the world record had she run it 10 weeks ago.“We came into this season knowing who the main opponent was going to be,” said McLaughlin’s coach, Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes. “It’s not a surprise. Dalilah has experience over Syd, so all I wanted her to do was get some experience. And run her best. And she’s surpassed that.”How close did Muhammad come to missing out on this? Shortly after graduating from Southern California in 2012, she went to Olympic trials and completely flopped. Out in the first round, she had neither a spot at the London Games nor a sponsor.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

Streak stopped

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Undefeated Ateneo looking to take care of business Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue CJ Perez and Rashawn McCarthy chipped in 25 and 16, while Jackson Corpuz 18 off the bench in the gritty stand that put the Dyip right in the middle of the draw with a 4-4 record.“We talked about our problems, our issues. I told them that it’s all part of the game,” coach Johnedel Cardel told reporters after the game. “We had to challenge [ourselves]. The only way to [solve our problems] was to win this game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!center_img LATEST STORIES Kiefer Ravena fired 16 points off the bench and to lead the NLEX locals in scoring. Jericho Cruz, Poy Erram, and JR Quiñahan all tossed in 10 or more.The KaTropa were led by KJ McDaniels, who nearly had a triple-double in 42 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.Roger Pogoy added 35 points for TNT.Columbian snapped its two-game slide at the expense of undermanned Phoenix Fuel, 106-104, earlier.Import Khapri Alston had an all-around performance, firing 30 points and plucking 18 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Import Manny Harris unloaded 20 of his 40 points in the third quarter to give NLEX control of a match against a squad that had looked peerless through its first seven games.“There’s a reason TNT’s undefeated up to this point. We just made sure we were ready for them,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, whose wards improved to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe victory came on a day the league office approved a trade that sent Blackwater gunner Allein Maliksi and seldom-used big man Reymar Jose to Meralco in exchange for Mike Tolomia, KG Canaleta and a pair of second-round draft picks.The swap comes on the heels of NorthPort acquiring San Miguel Beer big man Christian Standhardinger and TNT getting Elite sniper Mike DiGregorio. NLEX put an end to TNT’s impressive run to start the PBA Governors’ Cup and booked a playoff berth while doing so.While teams continued to bolster their rosters in preparation for a playoff run, the Road Warriors clinched their spot in the next round with a decisive 126-113 victory over the KaTropa on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Kerala rope in Aussie legend Jeff Thomson to train pacers

first_imgFormer Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson has been roped in by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) to train budding seamers from Kerala for the next two years, an official said on Friday.The 15 days-a-month programme will start on September 1 with 15 selected pace bowlers, including current state players and new talent.KCA President TC Mathew told IANS that the programme has been organised in partnership with the IDBI-Federal Bank Pace Foundation. (Also read: Duleep Trophy: Kuldeep Yadav’s five-for puts India Red on top) “Thommo will be in Kochi on Monday. On Tuesday he will address the press. Starting next month he will leave for Wayanad, where the training programme is scheduled,” said Mathew.The Foundation is organising a similar programme in Bengaluru and Thomson, 66, is expected to shuttle between the two southern states. The Australian pacer will be assisted by a few former Indian players including Tinu Yohanan, Ramesh Powar and a few others.Thomson played 51 Tests for Australia between 1972 and 1985 and took 200 wickets.last_img read more


first_imgThe South China Sea issue may figure in the talks withThe South China Sea issue may figure in the talks with Vietnamese leadership.China wants India to refrain from undertaking oil exploration in the Vietnamese blocks in order to ensure “peace and stability” in the South China Sea. PTI AKV RTlast_img

India needs larger pool of skilled football coaches

first_imgMumbai, Sep 11 (PTI) For India to grow substantially in football, it needs a larger pool of skilled coaches and coach educators, says Jeremy Weeks, head coach of Premier Skills, an initiative of English Premier League. “There is a passion and enthusiasm for the sport of football evident in India, more so after the onset of the Indian Super League here. There is a different set of skills required to be a good grassroots community coach. And thats what we have set out to achieve over the last few days,” said Weeks at the concluding ceremony of the week-long ISL-Premier Skills training programme at the Cooperage ground here today. “We arent here to tell the coaches what to do. This is about our Premier League clubs sharing our knowledge and skills with the Indian coaches. Its amazing to see coaches enthusiastic about learning and developing themselves. If we need more youth to play, we will need more coaches to develop and help players improve their skills,” he added. Weeks stressed the importance of creating a vast talent pool of coaches and coach educators in India, who further need to work in the communities in encouraging young players. Premier Skills has partnered with the ISL and All India Football Federation to launch its football skills enhancing programme in India. Phase 1 of three-phase course ended today. Fifty grassroots and youth coaches from the eight ISL clubs and community football coaches from NGOs received expert training and valuable insights in football skills from Weeks and his qualified team of coaches at Premier Skills. Weeks was supported by Robert Parrett, Development Manager at Crystal Palace Football Club and Katie Bottom, Women and Girls Development Officer at West Ham United Football Club. (More) PTI SSR KRK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

New Zealand recall Corey Anderson for ODI series vs India

first_imgAllrounder Corey Anderson has been recalled to the New Zealand cricket team for its one-day matches against India next month. (Also Read: New Zealand will have to play better to beat India, says Luke Ronchi)Anderson hasn’t played for New Zealand since February because of a back injury, but demonstrated his fitness in three matches for a New Zealand XI against an Emerging XI at Christchurch last week.Batsman Anton Devcich, allrounder Jimmy Neesham and wicketkeeper B.J. Watling have also been recalled to the 15-man squad for the five-match series that begins at Dharamsala on October 16.Chief selector Gavin Larsen said Anderson’s “superb professionalism throughout his rehab process has led to this point and it’s a credit to him and the hard work he’s put in.”last_img read more

MP CM for natl institute for skill development in tourism

first_imgBhopal, Oct 15 (PTI) With an aim to boost tourism, a national-level institute will be set up in Madhya Pradesh for imparting training and skill development in the sector, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said.”Tourism sector has immense employment opportunities and to give a fillip to the sector, a national level training and skill development institute will be set up in the state soon,” Chouhan announced after formally inaugurating the third edition of Madhya Pradesh Travel Mart.The three-day event, organised by State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC), was opened with an objective to market and promote Madhya Pradesh as a destination throughout the year. Its focus is to increase domestic and inbound traffic into the state.”Madhya Pradesh is the only state in country to have Tourism Cabinet, and a new investor-friendly policy in the sector has been formulated for promoting private participation in area,” the CM said, adding that investors will get 15-20 per cent subsidy with a maximum cap of Rs 10 crore for investing in the state.The Tourism Cabinet or Special Cabinet, comprising ten ministers, was formed earlier this year with an aim to promote the sector.He said a festival was organised at Hunmantia in Khandwa district to give a boost to water sports and next such event will be held from December 15 to January 15, 2017.Chouhan said growth rate of Madhya Pradesh was over 10 per cent since 8 years while the agriculture growth rate has been more than 20 per cent for last four years. PTI MAS LAL NSK RCJ PTPadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli shatters another record

first_imgVirat Kohli’s hunger for runs and records remains undiminished as the Indian captain once again led from the front to power India to a dominant position against England in the second Test in Vizag. Continuing with his scoring spree, Kohli, who is playing in his 50th Test, slammed 81 off 109 balls as the hosts set an imposing target for England on day four. Though Kohli missed out on his second century of the match, his 248 runs are the most by an Indian captain in a Test match against England – eclipsing former skipper Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s 216. (Vizag Test: Ashwin, Jadeja late strikes breach England’s resistance) The 28-year-old Kohli, who hit 167 in the first innings, hit eight boundaries en route to his knock and looked in no trouble on a surface which has tested all other batsmen with the turn and variable bounce on offer. After opting not to enforce the follow on, India lost three quick wickets on day three but Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane combined in a strong stand of 77. Rahane was out on 26 when he surrendered to Stuart Broad’s leg-cutter and, surprised by the extra bounce, gloved it to Alastair Cook at slip. The lanky seamer then got Ravichandran Ashwin caught behind to peg back India before Rashid took over. The 28-year-old spinner trapped Wriddhiman Saha leg before and then struck a body blow, inducing Kohli into a wild drive only for the edge to fly to slip where an airborne Ben Stokes took a stunning one-handed catch. (Captaincy has brought the best out of ‘run-machine’ Virat Kohli) India were eventually bowled out for 204, setting England a daunting 405-run target. Alastair Cook led England’s dogged resistance with a diligent fifty before falling to the final delivery of the day. Cook was out leg before wicket to Ravindra Jadeja for 54, while Haseeb Hameed was dismissed for 25 to Ashwin. England were 87/2 in their second innings at stumps, still needing 318 runs for an improbable victory on a track offering significant turn and uneven bounce.advertisementlast_img read more

Latest ICC T20, ODI and Test rankings

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has updated T20, ODI and Test rankings on its website.According to the latest rankings, New Zealand with 13 matches and a rating of 125 has topped the Men’s T20I list. India stands at 4th position behind England and Pakistan with 18 matches and 118 ratings.The following is the Men’s T20I Team Rankings:The ODI list is topped by South Africa with 45 matches and a rating of 123. India figures at 3rd position with 31 matches and 117 ratings.The following is the Men’s ODI Team Rankings:There is finally some good news for Indian cricket fans with the team clinching the first position in the Test rankings. India got the top rank with 41 matches and 122 rating.The following is the Men’s Test Team Rankings:About ICC:The ICC is the global governing body for cricket. Representing 105 members, the ICC governs and administrates the game and works with the members to grow the sport. The ICC is also responsible for the staging of all ICC events.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Juventus F.C. clinches record 6th straight Serie A title

first_imgJuventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday.Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which last Sunday handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles.??????????????????WE ARE #LE6END!!!!!! JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 21, 2017Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled due to World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-35.”We’ve written one of the greatest pages in the book of football history,” said Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who also won the 2002 and 2003 Serie A titles with Juventus.”Winning is never easy,” Buffon added. “Beyond what people say, staying at the top is synonymous with sacrifice on everyone’s part. … If you want to always win matches, you’ve got to always have your head in focus and your legs prepared.”It’s the second title in five days for Juventus after a 2-0 win over Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.The Bianconeri has a chance to complete the treble with a victory over Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final on June 3.advertisementJuventus also added to its record number of Serie A titles, with its 33rd.Players dumped shaving cream over the head of manager Massimiliano Allegri at the final whistle, then put on celebratory T-shirts with a ‘6’ on them.The last SIX wins: 2012-Juventus2013-Juventus2014-Juventus2015-Juventus2016-Juventus2017-JuventusRELEGATION BATTLECrotone remained third from the bottom, one point behind Empoli in the battle to avoid being the final club relegated.Empoli was beaten 1-0 at home by Atalanta, which got an early goal from Alejandro “Papu” Gomez.Genoa removed itself from the relegation chances with a 2-1 win over Torino, getting goals from Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone – the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone – before Adem Ljajic pulled one back for Torino.In the final round, Crotone hosts fourth-placed Lazio and Empoli visits already relegated Palermo.Last-placed Pescara, which has also already been relegated, hosts Palermo on Monday to conclude the penultimate round.AC MILAN RETURNS TO EUROPEAC Milan ended a run of three seasons without European play by beating Bologna 3-0 to secure sixth place and a spot in the Europa League playoffs.Gerard Deulofeu scored with a volley in the 69th, Keisuke Honda added a free kick four minutes later and Gianluca Lapadula redirected a cross from Mati Fernandez in added time.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: AB De Villiers backs ‘under-fire’ coach Russell Domingo

first_imgSouth African ODI skipper AB de Villiers has backed Russell Domingo to continue as the national team’s head coach as the latter’s contract nears end.Domingo’s job had come under fire towards the start of 2016 when South Africa slumped to Test series defeats against India and England and also had a disappointing World T20 campaign. (Also Read: Pakistan face South Africa in must-win match)However, the Proteas experienced a revival after few months, notching Test series wins over New Zealand (at home), Australia (away) and Sri Lanka (home) besides whitewashing the Steve Smith-led side in five-match ODI series at home. (Also Read: South Africa vs Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy)Despite the side’s recent success, it seemed that Cricket South Africa (CSA) have made up its mind as they had announced earlier this year that they would advertise the coaching position for the national team.CSA had also asked Domingo that if he wants stay on as coach then he would have to get his CV in order and apply with the rest of them.Domingo has been in the role since May 2013 and his contract is due to expire at the end of the Test tour of England in August.Offering his support to Domingo, de Villiers heaped praise on the former ahead of the Proteas’ second Group B fixture against Pakistan, who are mentored by former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur.Arthur, who was in charge of the Proteas from 2005 to 2010, became one of the most successful coaches of the national side.advertisementWhen quizzed which coaching style he preferred, the South Africa ODI skipper refused to make any comparison between the two coaches.”They are completely different, both very nice guys and I get along with both of them. Mickey was such a long time ago, I can’t remember his coaching style really, but we had a lot of success under him,” Sport24 quoted de Villiers as saying.”I’ve got good memories of him as coach, but that’s long gone and is something in the past,” he added.De Villiers further said that he hopes to see Domingo reapply for the post and stay on even after September.”Yes, definitely. We’re with a great coach at the moment, who is really leading the side well and we all get along and love him as a coach,” he added.last_img read more

Set up 24×7 helpline for athletes: Gopichand on doping

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI) Concerned about the rise in doping violations, chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand today suggested setting up of a 24×7 medical helpline to ensure that sportspersons dont use over-the- counter drugs. The former All England champion came up with the suggestion during the sixth meeting of the All India Council of Sports (AICS) chaired by Vijay Kumar Malhotra. “Shri Gopichand mentioned that most of the sportspersons take off the counter medicines like Corex and get caught in dope. In the recent case of women athlete also, it is doubted that she took medicine for stomach upset and got caught in dope,” the AICS said in a statement. “Shri Gopichand suggested that NADA should create a 24×7 helpline so as to enable sportspersons to seek advice before taking any medicine.” Sprint queen P T Usha pointed out that only two dope collecting officials are deployed for a large numbers of sportspersons “During this time, there are chances of inter-changing the dope samples.” Sports Authority of Indias director general Injeti Srinivas said it would be better if each federation appoints an expert director for each discipline, one who should be available to give advice to their respective sportspersons. The SAI DG also mentioned that as a precautionary measure, the dope collecting officers are regularly changed to avoid any vested interested. Malhotra expressed his anguish over the rampant cases of dope and the recent media coverage “tarnishing the image of not only sports but also the image of the country”. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more